Saturday, September 26, 2020

Ayres S-2R-T45 Turbo Thrush, N3298M: Accident occurred September 22, 2020 in Jackson, Madison County, Tennessee

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Memphis, Tennessee

Location: Jackson, TN
Accident Number: ERA20LA333
Date & Time: September 22, 2020, 15:20 Local 
Registration: N3298M
Aircraft: Ayres S2R
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:

On September 22, 2020, about 1520 central daylight time, an Ayres Corporation S2R-T45, N3298M, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Jackson, Tennessee. The commercial pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 aerial application flight.

The pilot reported that he was spreading crop seed on a field about 150-200 ft agl when the engine lost all power. He continued over a subdivision and looked for a place to land the airplane. He selected a road between trees and a powerline. He attempted to slow the airplane as much as possible prior to the forced landing. The airplane stalled about 10 ft above the road, the airplane touched down hard and the landing gear collapsed. The airplane slid on its belly until the left wing struck a tree and the airplane came to a stop.

An inspector with the Federal Aviation Administration responded to the accident site and examined the wreckage. Structural damage to the forward fuselage and both wings was noted.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Ayres 
Registration: N3298M
Model/Series: S2R T45
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural aircraft (137)
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KMKL,422 ft msl 
Observation Time: 14:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 13 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 20°C /13°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 70°
Lowest Ceiling: 
None Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.18 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 35.6923,-88.6834 (est)

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